Transforming the way retail works

How DSD is helping IKEA reach its ambitious goal of being powered by 100% renewable energy in less than five years.


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The Challenge

In 2012, IKEA announced an ambitious new initiative to become a circular and climate positive business by 2030. This was to include being powered by 100% renewable energy across all its retail operations by 2025. Such plans require big thinking, accelerated action, and a partner that can execute on their vision.

The Execution

IKEA and DSD’s partnership started in 2019 with 2 projects in Maryland. After the first 2 successful canopy projects, the partnership grew to 8 projects and now is at 17 projects (and counting) in 7 different states. DSD went to work designing unique solar solutions, including rooftop units that needed to convert a spectacular amount of energy to meet their carbon offset goals, and minimalist carport structures to open loads of space for parking. IKEA also included energy storage on 11 of the 17 stores, increasing the value from renewables and getting closer to their goals. Electric vehicle charging stations were added in some locations to offer sustainable charging for their customers and employees.

The Solution


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The Outcome

These solar arrays will collectively provide nearly 30GWh of clean energy production each year. Eleven locations will leverage energy storage systems (ESS) to store solar energy for later use — which makes clean energy available whenever it’s needed, lowering “peak usage” from the grid and creating additional opportunities for savings for IKEA.

The Impact

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“Working with DSD has been absolutely amazing.
From a culture and value point of view, we align well.”

Mikko Kolkkanen
Market Manager, IKEA Baltimore

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